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River-Myrtle/Old Boise URD Projects Update

May 13, 2019

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News Update on CCDC Projects in the River-Myrtle/Old Boise URD

The city’s largest district, River-Myrtle/Old Boise is made up of two distinct zones: the areas adjacent to the Boise River, public parks, and the historic downtown section known as Old Boise.


6th & Front Streets – Hotel and Parking Garage – PP Type 3, 5:  A crane is currently setting structural steelwork for the parking garage as construction continues.  The parking garage is scheduled to be complete in early 2020 with the hotel to follow in summer 2020.

505 W. Idaho Street – The Gibson – PP Type 2, 4:  The Gibson apartment building is complete and approximately 75 percent leased. The Agency inspected improvements subject to reimbursement under participation agreements and is awaiting final documentation from the developer.

503-647 S. Ash Street – Ash Street Townhomes– Agency Disposition PP Type 5:  In 2018, through a competitive RFQ/P process this property was sold to deChase/Miksis for the purpose of transforming these underutilized parcels into workforce housing. The Ash Street Townhomes will add 34 workforce rental housing units as well as a small retail space along the Pioneer Pathway. The development should be completed this summer. Upon successful completion, Agency Disposition and Development Agreement commits to a land write down and the reimbursement of public utilities in and around the site.

611 S. 8th Street – Afton Phase I – Agency Disposition PP Type 5: In 2001, CCDC acquired this site for redevelopment then it sold in two phases to RMH Company following a 2013 competitive RFQ/P process. Phase I units are completed, sold, and occupied. The project includes approximately 60 condominiums.  A unique restaurant, Kiwi Shake & Bake, opened in December 2018 in 8th & River street corner ground floor retail unit.

620 S. 9th Street – Afton Phase II – Agency Disposition PP Type 5: Phase II construction is progressing and as of May 1 over 50 percent of the condo units have been sold.  Delivery of the finished condo units is scheduled for late 2019.

500 S. 8th Street – Trailhead – Agency Leased Property:  This 60-month lease entered Year Five on February 1, 2019, which decreases the Agency’s expenses related to utilities to 60 percent.  Facility operations and maintenance continue at a normalized level, while event and user programming by Actuate Boise remains active.  Trailhead’s new Executive Director provided the required annual report to the CCDC Board at its March meeting. The storefront came loose in late April, resulting in issues with the main door latching. The storefront was re-anchored by Valley Glass on May 3.

410 S. Capitol Blvd – Marriott Residence Inn – PP Type 2:  The project’s first reimbursement for fully outfitted streetscapes is scheduled to be paid in September of 2019.  The project includes approximately 185 suites and 100 structured parking stalls.

200 Myrtle Street – Boise Caddis – PP Type 2:  CCDC and Boise Caddis are finalizing agreement language and exhibits for this mixed-use, housing project (160 rental units, 400 parking stalls). The Type 2 Agreement will be brought to the Board for approval at the June Board Meeting. The Agreement includes approximately $1.2 million in public improvements for 2nd, 3rd, Myrtle Streets and a small portion of Broad Street, which will be reimbursed using tax increment revenue generated by the project.

406 Broad Street – Cartee Apartments – PP Type 2:  The Cartee developer has submitted the construction drawings for permitting to the City. The agreement between CCDC and the developer contemplates approximately $1.3 million in Eligible Expenses to be reimbursed using the project’s tax increment dollars. The project includes approximately 160 apartments units and 176 structured parking spaces. Construction is scheduled to begin fall 2019.

429 10th Street – Agency Owned – PP Type 5 (RFP):  After negotiating a Disposition Agreement with the City – approved by the CCDC Board at its April 2019 meeting – the City expressed concerns over entering into the Agreement. Consequently CCDC will not be moving forward with conveying this parcel to the City of Boise. CCDC continues to explore options to find the best redevelopment potential for the site.

535 S. 15th Street – River Street Lofts – PP Type 1:  CCDC will be touring this project on June 6. Please let Sarah Jones know if you are interested in attending. The project will still be under construction at that time so that CCDC can learn about the unique insulated concrete forms (ICF) construction process.

5th & Grove Streets Utilities – Underground & Conduit: This project consists of the design and construction to underground the utilities and install a conduit bank on 5th Street from Front Street to Main Street. Idaho Power has issued a quote for $323,351 for its portion of work.  The Agency and Quadrant Consulting are finalizing plans and cost estimates and negotiating an easement to relocate a telecommunication provider. This is expected to be before the CCDC Board at its June 2019 Meeting. Easement agreements are complete.

11th Street Streetscape – Grove Street to River Street:  These streetscape improvements are slated for construction in FY23. To maximize public investment, the Agency is working closely with ACHD on a current project, the 11th Street bikeway facilities. To ensure that cooperative and coordinated solutions are developed by ACHD and the Agency in their respective planning processes, the Agency is conducting planning and design on a similar schedule to ACHD.

River Street Streetscape – 11th Street to Ash Street:  Design and construction of 2018 streetscape improvements on River Street between Ash and 12th streets.  Project is complete.

6th Streetscape – Front Street to Main Street: Design and construction of streetscapes on 6th Street between Main and Front streets. The Land Group is the project’s design professional. The Design Review package was submitted to City the week of March 11, 2019 and has been approved.  The Land Group submitted drawings to City Public Works for review the week of April 22.

October 9, 2018 RFP issued to three on-call design professional firms
November 5, 2018 The Land Group selected as design professional of record
December 2018 Task Order with final scope of work for project executed
March 2019 Design Review package submitted to City of Boise

RMOB – Consolidated Newspaper Boxes:  CCDC and the City are coordinating purchase and installation of consolidated newspaper boxes. The Agency is awaiting the City Code changes to the Downtown Streetscape Standards that will allow this project to move forward. The Agency has proposed locations and configurations to the City and is awaiting approval prior to ordering the new boxes.

390 S. Capitol Blvd – Mod Pizza – PP Type 1:  The building is under construction at Capitol & Broad streets with completion scheduled for December 2019. CCDC will reimburse the project for up to $100,000 for awnings over the right-of-way and limited sidewalk work.

5th St & Myrtle St – Signalized Crossing: Kittelson & Associates is working on a preliminary warrant analysis for a new signalized crossing at S. 5th and Myrtle streets.

RMOB Circulator – Preliminary Engineering:  CCDC is partnering with the City to split the costs of preliminary engineering for the Downtown Circulator project.  The Agency stands ready to assist and anticipates direction in the near future.

ParkBOI – Capitol & Myrtle Parking Garage – Agency Owned Property:  The site walk for the Code Analysis Project was conducted on April 17. The final report is expected in May.

ParkBOI – 9th & Front Parking Garage – Agency Owned Property:  The site walk for the Code Analysis Project was conducted on April 17. The final report is expected in May.

ParkBOI – 11th & Front Parking Garage – Agency Owned Property: No significant maintenance performed in April.  As of April 24 only 97 of the 722 spaces that were originally available for general public monthly use remained available to lease.

5th & 6th Streets – City of Boise/ACHD Traffic Configuration: ACHD has this project on indefinite hold until there is programmed construction funding. The Agency stands ready to assist and anticipates direction in the near future.

Grove Street – Multi-Block Improvement Project:  CCDC solicited, has received, and reviewed proposals from design professionals. CCDC and the City selected a design professional and a contract is forthcoming. A vision statement and design ideas are being developed.

Block 5, 33, 34, 35 – CCDC Alley Program:  This project removed the overhead power and telecommunication lines in the alleys between City Hall and the Old Assay Office. The project is complete.

Block 7 – CCDC Alley Program:  CCDC and The Land Group reached tentative agreement with property owners on trash placement and screening, and lighting options. One easement has been finalized and negotiations continue with a property owner for second easement.  If negotiations are unsuccessful, the dumpster corral portion of the project will be removed. The City has issued a certificate of appropriateness for the project.

RMOB Public Art – City of Boise Traffic Boxes – PP Type 4:  The City Arts & History Department issued the Call-To-Artists. The T4 Agreement between CCDC and the City was approved by the CCDC Board on February 11, 2019. Artists were selected on March 4. Traffic Boxes were assigned to artists on March 12. Art content was presented to Arts & History for feedback on May 1.

8th St Public Art – City of Boise Murals – PP Type 4: CCDC is working with the City Arts & History Department on a T4 Agreement for murals in Simplot Alley and on 9th Street. The City is in the process of deciding how to handle easements. The Agency stands ready to assist and anticipates direction in the near future.

RMOB Public Art – City of Boise Broad Street Sculpture – PP Type 4:  The T4 Agreement was approved by the CCDC Board on February 11, 2019. The artist selection panel on April 17 selected Krivanek + Breaux as the artist. City Arts & History is working with the artist on a contract.